Donald Knuth Quotes, Sayings, Remarks, Thoughts and Speeches

Donald Knuth Quotes and Sayings

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    A list is only as strong as its weakest link. Donald Knuth | Refcard PDF
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    An algorithm must be seen to be believed. Donald Knuth | Refcard PDF
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    Beware of bugs in the above code; I have only proved it correct, not tried it. Donald Knuth | Refcard PDF
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    God is a challenge because there is no proof of his existence and therefore the search must continue. Donald Knuth | Refcard PDF
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    I decry the current tendency to seek patents on algorithms. There are better ways to earn a living than to prevent other people from making use of one's contributions to computer science. Donald Knuth | Refcard PDF
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    If you optimize everything, you will always be unhappy. Donald Knuth | Refcard PDF
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    In fact what I would like to see is thousands of computer scientists let loose to do whatever they want. That's what really advances the field. Donald Knuth | Refcard PDF
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    Let us change our traditional attitude to the construction of programs. Instead of imagining that our main task is to instruct a computer what to do, let us concentrate rather on explaining to human beings what we want a computer to do. Donald Knuth | Refcard PDF
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    People think that computer science is the art of geniuses but the actual reality is the opposite, just many people doing things that build on eachother, like a wall of mini stones. Donald Knuth | Refcard PDF
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    Science is what we understand well enough to explain to a computer. Art is everything else we do. Donald Knuth | Refcard PDF
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    The hardest thing is to go to sleep at night, when there are so many urgent things needing to be done. A huge gap exists between what we know is possible with today's machines and what we have so far been able to finish. Donald Knuth | Refcard PDF
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    The manuals we got from IBM would show examples of programs and I knew I could do a heck of a lot better than that. So I thought I might have some talent. Donald Knuth | Refcard PDF
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    The most important thing in the kitchen is the waste paper basket and it needs to be centrally located. Donald Knuth | Refcard PDF
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    The most important thing in the programming language is the name. A language will not succeed without a good name. I have recently invented a very good name and now I am looking for a suitable language. Donald Knuth | Refcard PDF
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    There's ways to amuse yourself while doing things and thats how I look at efficency. Donald Knuth | Refcard PDF






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